Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape


When the going gets tough, the tough escape to the beach; at least that’s what happens here in Umhlanga. Today dawned bright, calm and sunny, after a rather dreary Friday. Of course hubby and I were keen to escape from the house and see what was happening along the beachfront. Imagine our surprise as we rounded the corner, and came upon this guy. He’d been running, and was now just cooling down. I asked if I may take his photo, and he obliged and did a couple more handstands. In the course of our conversation, I learned that he was an ex gymnast from Kosovo, and that during the war in the late 1990’s, he escaped to England. After getting his British passport, he came out to South Africa on holiday and decided that Umhlanga was the best place on earth, so stayed and bought a home near the beach. I have an even more amazing pic of him which I’m saving for this week’s Wordless Wednesday. He was really happy to have his photo taken, and asked me if I would e-mail them to him.

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A bit farther along, someone had escaped from home, and was all setup for a day’s fishing.

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This couple looked to be dancing in the surf.

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You don’t have to be young to escape on a surf board,Β  just fit.

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Riding the waves is a wonderful form of escape.

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This also looks like a lot of fun.

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Children love to escape to the beach and play sand pies.

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Here at the lifeguards station, you can see the pole, which in an emergency, is the quick escape route down to the beach, just like in the fire stations.

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For the adventurous, there’s deep-sea fishing and wave jumping on offer,

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but if you just want to chill out, you can lay yourself down at the water’s edge, use your shoes as a pillow. and just dream the day away; that is until the tide comes in. πŸ˜‰

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I hope you enjoyed my pics for the Weekly Photo Challenge. To see more contributions, you can click on the link.

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108 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

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  2. That is a perfect escape. If I were the man who did the handstand, I would love to live there too. The sea and everything around it just gives that “paradise” feel.

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  4. Looks like it was a fabulous day at the beach with lots of wonderful and great captures to prove it. πŸ™‚

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  6. Fun story and post Sylvia. I am in awe of people who can do handstands! Look forward to your wordless post πŸ™‚

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  9. I enjoy along with your photos and imagination sail to the regions in which you live πŸ™‚
    Lovely photos and story.

  10. Hey, there! Has been sometimes since I heard from you.

    Seems like you’ve had an enjoyable escape for yourself! πŸ˜€

    Beautiful!

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  12. Loved loved your photos. πŸ™‚ The beach is always so peaceful. Even when the waves crash against the rocks I just love it! Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs Paula xxx

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  14. The beach, the ocean, sailing, water of any kind seems to be the escape place for many. I think the couple dancing is very sweet. They’re in a world all of their own enjoying the company of each other. So loving …!!!
    The story of the young man doing the headstand is great. I love when I meet someone while I take a photo and they take the time to chat.
    Very interesting post and fabulous entry for the challenge.
    Happy Sunday … Issy

  15. Perfect! I want to escape to the beach, too! Unfortunately I can’t do handstands, nor surf, but I do a great job of lying in the sand! πŸ™‚

  16. I’m not a great beach lover, but your photos have made me think it would be so nice to take stroll along one of our Cape Town beaches today πŸ™‚

  17. just gorgeous ad .. what a busy beach! i wont see your wordless wednesday … will be travelling and out of internet by then … catch you when i return in july πŸ™‚

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  19. good story: “…he was an ex gymnast from Kosovo, and that during the war in the late 1990β€²s, he escaped to England. After getting his British passport, he came out to South Africa on holiday and decided that Umhlanga was the best place on earth, so stayed and bought a home near the beach…”

  20. Oh… This makes me feel like heading down to the beach RIGHT NOW. Love that last photo!

  21. What a great stroll around I’ve had there with you AD . Never a dull moment down on the beach !
    Could never stay up on handstands like that myself always needed a wall as back up πŸ™‚ … can’t wait ’til Wednesday .

    • I haven’t done handstands since I was a child, and then I also needed the wall to put my feet on. Glad you enjoyed the stroll around my beach area. πŸ™‚

      • Yes, it must be amazing…I lived lakeside for over 30 years and eventually took it for granted, I been gone from there now for 3 years and miss it terribly…so I love to see the water from others perspective.

  22. Love, love, love this post. I think your cover image of you resting in your hammock shouts escape to me. Great photos. Thanks for sharing these.

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  24. The beach is truly the best escape ever, isn’t it? The perfect excuse to do absolutely nothing but relax! I especially love your photos of the gymnast and the surfer. πŸ™‚

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  28. What a lovely escape this is indeed AD! Your photo’s are absolutely stunning hon! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ *big hugs*

  29. Ah, sunshine and surf. I love the way you meet people along and way! We still have places to go, people to see, and things to do!!! πŸ™‚

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